Crazy Home Markets. New Direct Flights. Everyone, It Seems, Wants to Come North.
Realtor Lisa Alsteen shows off the features of a century-old four-bedroom house near the courthouse in Rhinelander. Painted blue on the outside, it has wood floors, a sunny living room, and an inviting porch in front. Alsteen listed the home, located at 133 North Oneida Avenue, on Monday. By midday Tuesday, several potential buyers had already been though for showings. She expected an offer wouldn’t take long. That’s typical these days. Last spring, the demand for Northwoods homes shot skyward, like nothing Alsteen has seen in her 18 years in realty. “All of a sudden, it was just like, everyone wanted to be up here. That’s when our market started to really take off,” she said. Demand for Northwoods homes has only increased from there. Without a doubt, she said, the pandemic has been a driving motivator for people looking to move north. “They don’t have the hustle and bustle of their town, whether it’s Milwaukee or Illinois or Madison,” Alsteen said. “Here you can go out on the lakes.